Middle school sports
It’s recommended that middle school sports, which were cut in 1998, continue to be supported and fostered through activities provided by Community Education. Facility and district budget concerns in Rogers and Elk River would need to be addressed with the addition of middle school sports in those schools.
The recommendation is to create a booster club guideline document for all boosters to use.
The district currently relies on booster clubs to provide basic programming. With the current model the inherent danger of overstepping roles is becoming detrimental to the basic functions that coaches perform.
It’s recommended to add adapted athletics to the Elk River Area School District by the 2016-2017 school year.
Within the Northwest Suburban Conference, districts will form co-ops together to give these students opportunities.
Anoka-Hennepin (five schools) is one team, Osseo-Maple Grove (three schools) is one team, Robbinsdale (two schools) is a team and Centennial co-ops with Spring Lake Park to form a team. There are no conference schedules for these teams. They they pick up games and matches around the metro.
District 728 recommends starting with adapted bowling as interest in adapted sports is gauged and as organizers struggle with indoor gym space. The home alley would be the newly re-opening bowling alley in Zimmerman.
It’s recommended the district increase its supply and capital budgets by 30-50 percent at each school.
Coordinate long-range facility goals with Alternate Facility Plan. New facility priorities for each school are as follows:
Elk River — Artificial turf and more court space (along with renovations to aging facilities).
Rogers — Auditorium, tennis courts and cold storage.
Zimmerman — Auditorium, baseball stadium, expand stadium bleachers and expand indoor storage areas.
It’s recommended the district dedicate $2,000 annually per school for continuing education for coaches.
It’s recommended Elk River and Rogers have two vans each and Zimmerman one van.
Adding, cutting coaches
It’s recommended the district continue its current practice of discussions with the director of business to determine adding or cutting activities.
It’s recommended that there be an addition of an auditorium to Rogers and Zimmerman high schools and a budget is also added to run the auditoriums.
Fine arts, speech
Double the current allocated budgets for speech, drama and Knowledge Bowl. These programs have been underfunded for several years.
Co-op shuttle busing
There are transportation concerns for Zimmerman High School and Rogers High School students getting to Elk River High School for the activities where a co-op exists (swimming, gymnastics, soccer, Nordic ski, lacrosse, hockey, tennis, robotics, girls golf). Parents and students currently drive to Elk River for practice and contests. Further discussion will be required on providing a one-way shuttle to Elk River after school from Rogers and Zimmerman.